Smoky spices, hearty walnuts and a little love turn this plant-based, Walnut Breakfast Sausage Recipe into a thing of sausage-y beauty. Prepare to amaze your friends and family with your skills of deliciousness.
A short year ago I did a brunch cooking class for a group of aspiring plant-based lifestylers. It was this Walnut Breakfast Sausage recipe that I cooked up for the group.
They were amazed that the base of these warm patties wasn’t meat….it was walnuts! I told them exactly what I tell most people that are nervous about heading in a plant-based direction – it’s the seasonings that make the meal. Many times we’re nervous about giving up the Thanksgiving turkey or we’re worried the pumpkin pie won’t be as good without the cream – but when we try a recipe with the same seasonings, we feel right at home and our fears vanish like my daughter when it’s time to empty the dishwasher.
Walnuts are a wonderful superfood and they taste great.
Walnuts are packed with healthy Omega 3 fats, have anti-cancer properties, and help protect against type 2 diabetes. They’ve got just about the same calorie and overall fat content as regular sausage – but no cholesterol vs. 20 mg and 2.5 grams fiber vs. no fiber. Plus no GMO’s and no animals are harmed in the making of these patties of breakfast wonderment.
Now the real reason I put them in this vegan sausage recipe is for the flavor and texture. I mean, just look at the nice crust these patties get – it’s so hard to get the beautiful browning with a plant-based food. And the flavor? Fennel, Smoky Southwest and a touch of maple syrup.
This recipe whips up in a flash. Luckily my friends Jason and Hillary over at Fresh Jax are spice experts and their Smoky Salt-Free Southwest is the base seasoning for this recipe. It will save a few minutes of hand-mixing your own southwest seasoning! I love their spices so much I’ve become a FreshJax Ambassador! Get 15% off all their spices and seasonings by using the code DAWN.
How do oils fit into a plant-based diet?
Oils are not part of a plant-based diet. The recommendation is to add high-fat plant foods after you’ve added lots of green, leafy veggies and fresh fruits. Try adding a big salad with oil-free dressing or a brothy soup.
Next fill up on a whole (meaning not-processed) starch, like a whole, skin-on baked potato seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper, whole grain brown rice or even roasted corn.
Finally, add any high fat plant-foods such as nuts and seeds, avocados, tofu etc.
Oil is a vegan, not plant-based, food and is very high in fat and calories. It’s the most calorie dense food on the planet at 4000 calories per pound with no belly-filling fiber. I use a very small amount in these patties for the stickiness factor but you can try leaving it out – they may stick just as well. When you oil the pan with 1 tsp of oil, rub it around with a paper towel. This will remove the majority of the oil but will still prevent the patties from sticking.
Some other walnut recipes you might like:
- 1 tsp ground flax or milled chia + 1 Tbsp water, let sit for 5 minutes
- 1 cup walnuts
- ¼ cup rolled oats (gluten free)
- 2 tsp olive oil (plus 1 tsp additional for cooking)
- 1 to 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup
- 4 drops liquid smoke
- 1/4 to ½ tsp salt (depending on how salty you like them)
- 1 Tbsp Smoky Salt Free Seasoning Blend, Fresh Jax brand, OR below recipe*
- ¼ - to ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 1/8 to ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, depending on taste for heat!
- Pulse all ingredients in magic bullet or blender until well combined. Spoon mixture, one tablespoon at a time onto a plate; press into a patty.
- Heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium to medium-high heat; add sausage patties, four at a time, cook 2 minutes, or until brown; turn and cook an additional 2 minutes, or until brown.
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
Nutrition Facts for Walnut Breakfast Sausage Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 19.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 146.4 mg
Potassium 123.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.2 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Protein 4.6 g
Vitamin A 0.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 6.8 %
Vitamin C 0.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 5.0 %
Calcium 3.3 %
Copper 20.2 %
Folate 6.1 %
Iron 6.1 %
Magnesium 10.4 %
Manganese 46.8 %
Niacin 2.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 8.9 %
Riboflavin 2.3 %
Selenium 1.7 %
Thiamin 5.8 %
Zinc 5.7 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.